Embracing Death for a Fuller Life
2021 Virtual Conference Series


Surprising Benefits of Water Cremation

Recorded on: Thursday, October 21st, 2021


At Be a Tree, we believe that our final interaction with the earth should be meaningful and gentle. Our mission is to help people live on through nature after they die and to reduce the carbon footprint of the funeral industry.

Water cremation, or alkaline hydrolysis, is making waves in the funeral industry by providing a sound ecological alternative to flame cremation. Many know that water cremation has about 1/10th of the carbon footprint of flame cremation, but many don't know that it creates new opportunities to memorialize through nature. Join us to learn more about how water cremation is a gentle, earth-friendly way we can live on through nature in death.

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Presented by:
Emily Nelson, Founder/CEO of Be a Tree Cremation

Emily Nelson spent a few years working for a large death care company and always had an inkling that there was a better way for us to return to the earth when we die. After several revealing conversations with loved ones and the community, she came to realize that there were two clear issues with the current options available: 1) A disconnect from nature and surviving loved ones and 2) a negative impact on the environment.

After extensive research, she discovered that water cremation, or alkaline hydrolysis, was a wonderful solution for tackling these issues in a society that is moving swiftly towards cremation. Water cremation has about 1/10th of the carbon footprint compared to flame cremation and the liquid byproduct can be used to fertilize the earth. She hopes to advocate for the legalization of water cremation and other green alternatives across the US and help families find closure by allowing loved ones to live on through nature.


2021 End-of-Life Conference Series

Welcome to our 21st year of providing End of Life (EOL) education to our community!

We invite you to reduce your fear of death through fun and engaging events, as well as heartfelt conversations.

Join us to explore the creative ways community members and standard-bearers are engaging with end of life.

All are welcome to this free series of events. If you have an idea for a session that you'd like to see, please let us know!


Join us for our upcoming events or watch a previous event in our series! We invite you to explore End of Life with us.

Universal Series Sponsor The Connie Hillman Family Foundation

transforming the end-of-life experience into the final act of living well